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Chit fund scam: Jena accuses CBI of going soft on probe

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Ahmedabad: Alok Jena, the sole petitioner in the chit fund scam, on Tuesday accused the CBI of going soft in the investigation into the multi-billion rupee scandal.

Jena, who was here on a drive to mobilize victims of the chit fund scam, told reporters that Gujarat had the maximum number of victims of chit fund companies followed by Odisha.

The Odisha-based social activist said the Gujarat government had “deliberately bypassed” notices by the Supreme Court to submit details of the number of chit fund firms operating in the state, their stakes, and interstate links.

According to him, 27 people have committed suicide because of the scam since 2012 in Gujarat.

It was in a response to Jena’s public interest litigation that the Supreme Court on May 9, 2014, tasked the Central Bureau Investigation to probe the chit fund scam.

Inquiries by the CBI had led to the arrests of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Ramchandra Hansda, BJD chief whip Pravat Tripathi, Odisha’s advocate general Ashok Mohanty and summons to 48 ruling party leaders, including eight ministers.

The social activist, however, alleged that the CBI has mysteriously gone slow after investigating officer M.K. Sinha picked up Saroj Sahu, the power of attorney holder of the bank accounts of the BJD and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

He claimed that the same evening after Sahu was freed by the CBI, the chief minister left for Delhi, where he reportedly met union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and after staying in a farmhouse for 12 days, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said that following the meeting between Patnaik and Modi, the CBI’s investigating officer Sinha was taken off the probe and it was transferred to the CBI technical branch.

After the Supreme Court’s order, 44 chit fund companies are being investigated by the CBI.

Of these, the names of 11 companies, including West Bengal-based Saradha and Gujarat-based Astha International, were submitted to the Supreme Court by Jena.

“In response to the Supreme Court’s directive, I submitted the names of only 11 chit fund companies about which I was aware then. However, the apex court has kept the case open, leaving scope for any citizen in the country to bring to its notice the names of other chit fund companies which need to be investigated by the CBI,” Jena said. (IANS)

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Anna Hazare to initiate mass awakening through his Jan-Jagran Yatra

The prime motive of his new organization is to carry out a Jan-Jagran Yatra throughout the country to awaken the masses

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Hazare is said to follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and aims to root out corruption from the country.
Hazare is said to follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and aims to root out corruption from the country. Wikimedia Commons

Once again Anna Hazare has come into the forefront to put resistance to the every growing mismanagement at the administrative level. Hazare is said to follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and aims to root out corruption from the country.

According to the media report by PTI, social activist Anna Hazare has come up with his new 20-member `National Core Committee’ ahead of his March 23 agitation in Delhi. Hazare has aimed to expand his party up to 40-50 members.

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The prime motive of his new organization is to carry out a Jan-Jagran Yatra throughout the country to awaken the masses.

Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

All the party members hail from various states of the country. In a move to curb any wrongdoing on any one’s behalf, everyone in the party is made to sign affidavits stating that they would never join a political party or contest elections.

He also asserted on the point that, he doesn’t want anyone from his new party to turn out like Arvind Kejriwal and thus he has made every member of the core group to sign the affidavit.

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In the coming days, Anna Hazare will be protesting in Delhi for raising the issue of “competent Lokpal” and to highlight farmer’s problems.

Anna Hazare came to light in 2011, when he raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. It was only after this; Kejriwal associated himself with Hazare and grabbed the opportunity to launch him into elections and launched the Aam Aadmi Party.

The members list as per PTI report includes Akshaykumar (Odisha), Commander Yashwant Prakash (Rajasthan), Colonel Dinesh Nain (Delhi), Manindra Jain (Delhi), Vikram Taparwada (Rajasthan), Dasharath Kumar (Rajasthan), Karanveer Thaman (Punjab), Praveen Indian (Uttar Pradesh), Sunil Fauji (Uttar Pradesh), Gauravkant Sharma (Uttar Pradesh), Rakesh Rafiq (Uttar Pradesh), P N Kalki (Uttar Pradesh), Sushil Bhatt (Uttarakhand), Bhopal Singh Chaudhary (Uttarakhand), Naveen Jaihind (Haryana), Shivaji Khedkar (Maharashtra), Kalpana Inamdar (Maharashtra), Ram Naik (Karnataka), Serfi Flago (Arunachal Pradesh) and Sunil Lal (Uttar Pradesh).

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